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A Democratic Rhode Island congressional candidate named Michael Neary, 28, was arrested after allegedly stalking and terrorizing an Ohio couple for seventy miles while they were driving, forcing them to call the police to report that they were being aggressively followed.
The incident occurred on March 22, according to the Dayton Daily News, as the couple was driving home after visiting their son in Florida. The wife, Candy Poland, was reportedly so frightened she couldn’t even talk to the police.
“It should be noted, Candy was petrified,” the police report read, according to the Boston Globe, “stating Harold would need to explain what happened because she could not talk.”
The husband described the silver Hyundai to the police and said it was closely following them, flashing lights at them, and refused to stop even when they pulled off the road to let him pass.
He looks extra creepy..
— Bone Michaels (@BoneFM) March 26, 2022
The Polands attempted to take two different exits in an effort to shake the river but had no luck. He kept following them no matter what they did.
When Harold Poland attempted to drive off, Neary followed again, allegedly pulling alongside him at high speed, facing oncoming traffic. Poland reportedly rolled down his window to yell at him but Neary had the music turned up so loud he couldn’t hear him.
It was 2:34 am when the Polands called the police. They were instructed to drive to a police station and Neary followed them to it.
“They called as they were entering our county seat, Troy, Ohio, and advised that they’d been followed since the Columbus Airport, which is about 60 miles away from us,” Lt. Chris Bobb said. “Apparently, they had exited a couple of times, and slowed down and sped up, and this vehicle continued to follow them.”
He then continued to drive without stopping even though he was being followed by a police car with its lights and siren on. He finally stopped in the town of Troy, Ohio, after two other officers showed up to assist, according to the police report. Police found damning items in his car including marijuana, a ceramic pipe, and a half-empty bottle of whiskey. He failed a number of sobriety tests as well.
Especially not in this state!
— Joe Siegel (@JohnSmi06183245) March 25, 2022
Neary “gave us a Columbus address that he was living at, and did mention to the deputies that he was running for some sort of political office in Rhode Island,” Bobb stated.
Officers said Neary “appeared to be nervous, his eyes were bloodshot and he was talking fast.”
Neary claimed to have gotten into a fight with his parents and went for a drive to clear his head. He was then strangely drawn to the license plate of the unsuspecting couple and proceeded to follow them.
He was charged with menacing by stalking and possession of marijuana.
Wait, from kasich to dem primary to arrested… this is just perfect.
— MAGA Boiler (@boiler2k10) March 26, 2022
Ohio, you can keep him.
— John Dukakis (@JDukakis) March 29, 2022
Neary pleaded not guilty and was released on bail of $3,000. His pretrial conference will convene on April 21.
The young Democrat just kicked off his campaign for his congressional seat. Neary claimed to have lived in Rhode Island all his life at a press conference but actually is a resident of Ohio.
The Providence Journal reported that he previously worked as an aide to former Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Super PAC during the 2016 presidential campaign and claims he was in the process of moving back to Rhode Island.
It is unclear if he will now drop out of the race but that may be a moot point at this juncture.
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